Four­teen plans for a rainy day: from dipped bot­tles to cross-stitched mo­tifs

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Si­mone Borcherd­ing, Jo­hané Neilson, Ger­marie Bruwer, Mar­gaux Tait, Mar­il­ize Spies and Misi Over­turf Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster, Justin Pa­trick and sup­plied

We show you how to work won­ders with small paint projects that range from ‘chop-chop’ to chal­leng­ing.

Take your pick…

All bot­tled up

Th­ese oh-so-pretty dipped glass bot­tles are oh-so-easy! Sim­ply give your bot­tles a good clean and when they’re com­pletely dry, you can start with your wa­ter-based paint­ing. There are two ways of go­ing about it: 1 Dip them straight into your bucket of PVA paint, let the ex­cess paint drip off and then stand them up­side down to dry, cre­at­ing drip marks on the bot­tle. 2 Paint the bot­tles (ex­cept the base) free­hand, us­ing the same paint, and then al­low them to stand up­right to dry. Touch up where nec­es­sary then fill the bot­tles with some of your favourite blooms for a quirky cen­tre­piece.


1 Stick mask­ing tape hor­i­zon­tally over your pic­tures, just be­low the cen­tre line. Press it down firmly so there are no bub­bles or gaps where paint can seep in. 2 Paint the front and sides of the frame and glass us­ing or­di­nary wa­ter-based paint. 3 Lay the frame on top of a stand­ing jar and al­low it to dry com­pletely be­fore paint­ing a sec­ond and third coat. 4 Once all your lay­ers are com­plete, slowly peel off the mask­ing tape. 5 Touch up any ar­eas where the paint has peeled off or is un­even, al­low it to dry and then hang. >>

Spell it out

Su­per-sized scrab­ble let­ters make a wel­com­ing state­ment in an en­trance hall. We had 3mm ply­wood cut into 25 x 25cm squares, cov­ered them in a coat of white wa­ter-based paint, and then painted the let­ters on in a black wa­ter-based paint. We worked on the let­ters be­ing 15cm high and wide and the lines be­ing 1cm thick, while the num­bers in the cor­ners are 3cm high.

Bas­ket case

Tra­di­tional wo­ven bas­kets get a mod­ern makeover with sil­ver metal­lic quick-dry­ing Du­lux Du­cospray. We sprayed them free­hand, but you can also use mask­ing tape to cover the han­dles and cre­ate a strip through the mid­dle of the bas­ket, leav­ing less room for er­ror and cre­at­ing a more de­fined look.

5 Cross-stitch wall art

Cross-stitch isn’t just for needle­work en­thu­si­asts, it also makes beau­ti­ful wall art – as seen on in­te­rior designer Eline Pellinghof’s blog, bloe­ Here’s how to make your own work of art: in pen­cil, draw the out­line of your de­sign on the wall; then copy a cross-stitch pat­tern by paint­ing the crosses onto the wall with a thin brush. Voila! A lovely pic­ture in­stead of a head­board!

6 Paint and pa­per

Stripped of its me­chan­i­cal parts and fit­ted with glass shelves cut to size, this bro­ken wall clock has been re-in­vented as a quirky bath­room cabi­net. Crisp white spray paint makes it the per­fect state­ment piece against a plain or pat­terned wall. Here, soft flo­ral wall­pa­per above the dado rail (Blue Damask from Wall­cov­er­ings Inc) and a brightly painted tex­tured wall­pa­per (also from Wall­cov­er­ings Inc) fin­ished in Du­lux Pearl­glo Wa­ter­based in Vene­tian Crys­tal 3 work won­ders.

7 Fun with black­board paint

Cre­ate the per­fect place to learn and play by paint­ing a pine ta­ble’s work­top with black­board paint – the whole fam­ily can en­joy fun homework ses­sions and hours of amuse­ment. Black­board paint comes in a va­ri­ety of colours – try bright blue or a funky green! For best re­sults, pre­pare the wood with an all-pur­pose primer be­fore paint­ing at least three coats.

Sten­cil your skirt­ing

This serene white kitchen was given a spunky touch when the own­ers added a play­ful sten­cil de­sign to the skirt­ing. They used left­over Du­lux Roof­guard in the colour Gre­cian Grey – and just look how it came to life!

The sten­cil was home­made but you can look at PNA or Builders for ready-made op­tions. PNA also stocks ad­he­sive repo­si­tion­ing spray in its craft sec­tion.

Out on the tiles

Look­ing for a quick fix for ghastly bath­room tiles that should never have sur­vived the ’70s? Sim­ply paint them in a con­tem­po­rary colour for a whole new look. Here’s how:

10 Best foot for­ward

This old ta­ble has been given a fun mod­ern twist. Two coats of An­nie Sloan paint in the colour Old White were ap­plied, fol­lowed by An­nie Sloan Clear Soft Wax. To get the dipped ef­fect on the legs, mea­sure the height of the line you’d like to cre­ate and then use mask­ing tape to make your mark and pre­vent the paint from bleed­ing. Then paint the legs with two coats of high-gloss enamel (we used Du­lux Fuchsia Falls 1), en­sur­ing that the paint dries thor­oughly be­tween coats.

11 Freeze frame

Not a fan of win­dow dress­ings but des­per­ate for some pri­vacy? Sim­ply spray your win­dows with frosted spray paint (try the Kry­lon or Rust-oleum ranges). This way, you can en­joy dif­fused nat­u­ral light stream­ing into your room. Get as cre­ative with your de­signs as you like.

12 A grand en­trance

A wa­ter-based enamel such as Du­lux Pearl­glo Wa­ter­based is a good op­tion for both in­te­rior and ex­te­rior doors, or opt for an oil-based paint for a high-gloss fin­ish. An eggshell enamel paint is not suit­able for out­door use. For a smooth fin­ish, sand with 240-grit sand­pa­per be­fore ap­ply­ing the fi­nal coat. Con­sider a dif­fer­ent colour for the frame to cre­ate a strik­ing con­trast. >>

Pow­der-coat per­fec­tion

Up­date your wire mesh gar­den fur­ni­ture with a so­lu­tion that lasts: pow­der-coat­ing. Although your choice of colours is rel­a­tively limited (the pri­mary colours are all avail­able), it’s a cost-ef­fec­tive ex­er­cise as you pay per weight of the ob­ject you want to have coated. Search on­line for a sup­plier near you.

For a per­sonal touch, weave some ny­lon edge trim­mer line around the edges or use it to cre­ate a pat­tern on the back of the chair. Edge trim­mer line (about R20 for 2m) comes in var­i­ous neon colours to com­ple­ment your colour scheme. Oth­er­wise, play with colour­ful rib­bon.

Black and white stripes

Designer Carol van Wyk was given a limited bud­get to cre­ate a 1950s look for this Cape Town bath­room. “I de­cided to echo the di­ag­o­nal stripes of the black and white floor tiles with bold stripes on the walls; it was an easy way to make a graphic im­pact,” she says.

PAINT & WIN TRY THIS AT HOME Mail a pic­ture to com­pe­ti­ with the word DU­LUX in the sub­ject line and

win cash! See page 4 for de­tails.

Tip Make sure your buck­ets aren’t too full when you dip the bot­tles, oth­er­wise the paint will over­flow. PAINT & WIN TRY THIS AT HOME Mail a pic­ture to com­pe­ti­ with the word DU­LUX in the sub­ject line and win cash! See page 4 for...

Tip Mea­sure out and draw your let­ters and num­bers in pen­cil first, then fill them in with a fine paint­brush and a steady hand.

Tip Work on an av­er­age of one tin of spray paint per bas­ket to achieve full cov­er­age. >> The Skinny Tote (Bowls de­sign), Skinny lam­inx; black and white ir­reg­u­lar stripe rug, Wey­landts Noth­ing adds a touch of glam like a lick of metal­lic paint. Th­ese...

Tips • Cover your paint tray with a plas­tic shop­ping bag be­fore you pour the paint in – this way, no scrub­bing is nec­es­sary once you’re done. Sim­ply re­move the bag and throw it away. • Touch up any im­per­fec­tions in the de­sign and ap­ply two coats of a...

• Ap­ply Du­lux Su­per­grip All Sur­face Primer over the orig­i­nal tiles. • Al­low two hours of dry­ing time and lightly sand the hard film to cre­ate a smooth fin­ish be­fore over­coat­ing. • Fin­ish with two coats of Du­lux Pearl­glo Wa­ter­based in the colour of your...

Tip If you’re up for a DIY job, paint the wire chair with a metal paint such as Ham­merite, which can even be used to cover rusty spots. It comes in a va­ri­ety of colours; if you like black, try Ham­merite Smooth Black or Ham­mered Black. STOCK­ISTS An­nie...

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